We scheduled the party for 3:00 p.m. becuase when I planned the party, Jordan was napping from 2-3 p.m., so I figured a late afternoon start time would be great before she was ready to go to bed around 6:30-7.By the time the party came, her naps moved to usually 3-4, but she skipped this afternoon nap altogether and just partied straight though!
We wanted people to have something substantial to eat besides just finger foods, so we served sub sandwiches that I ordered from Jimmy John’s, jalapeno poppers, pita chips and hummus, cucumber bites, veggies with ranch, and fruit.
We set a buffet style table so people could grab and go. I have several white serving platters and three-tiered stands that I always use for parties and they’re great because they compliment any decor.
We had 11 adults and 7 kids at the party and ordered a 24 pack of assorted Mini Jimmys (Italian Club, Tuna, Country Club, and Ultimate Porker). We had leftovers, but they didn’t go to waste! I only put out some to start, and kept the rest refrigerated.
The cake and cupcakes were from HEB grocery store, a small pale pink smash cake with pink roses that Jordan could dig her itty bitty hands into all to herself.
We are so fortunate to have darling custom cookies made by Sally’s Sweets
. She can do almost anything and her cookies were such a fun addition to the food and decor. She made 1s, flowers, and cookies personalized with Jordan’s name on them in pretty pastel colors to go with the decor. I so admire people who have talent like that!
For the cupcakes, we did a combo of birthday cake with sprinkles, red velvet and chocolate on chocolate (my personal favorite), which of course I had to sample before the party!
We had mimosas and beer for the adults and bottled juices for the kids.
Being a garden party, I figured we needed flowers, flowers, flowers! To celebrate the first birthday party aspect, I made a large #1 with faux flowers glued onto cardboard. I was able to buy just the stems in a pack at Michael’s so I didn’t have to cut them!
We also set a kids table for them to sit at and eat lunch and dessert. The darling faux grass placemats
are too cute and came with faux flowers attached. Not to mention the gorgeous pink turkish towel that I used as another layer of color on the table.
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I chose the turkish towels from Olive & Linen
with the idea of also using them on picnics, at the beach, and as cute backdrops for pics of Jordan to sit on. They are really great quality, lightweight and come in a rainbow of colors to add a touch of cheerful decor. Olive & Linen
is offering you 30% of your order with code HONEYWEREHOME30
if you want to take a look. (I also have this handwoven blanket
on my bed and it is amazing!)
Into the house, we had balloons, lots of tulle (tied into bows throughout the stairs, kitchen pendant lights, etc.) and we used the pink tassel garland to adorn the baby gate. The table under the stairs was the perfect place to set gifts.
On that frame to the right of the door, we hung pictures of Jordan throughout her first year. It makes me tear up looking back at her as a tiny baby. She’s so big now that it seems so long ago that she fit in the crook of my arm. I know from experience that every stage just gets better and better, but I’d by lying if I said it didn’t give me baby fever seeing her as an infant!
Those grocery store flowers lasted almost 2 weeks. I cut the stems and changed the water twice, but that’s it!
As party favors for our guests, we bought a pack of mini flowers from Lowe’s and potted them in little terracotta pots from Michael’s along with a note of thanks.
I got James to help me with this project, so it was a fun one for a little kid. And, my husband acually used my scallop scissors to cut the tags into a pretty shape. #thanksbabe!
Jordan really did have such a good time at her party and loved all the attention that comes along with a baby’s first birthday party.
Her little ruffle butt in her party outfit was the cutest!
And we got her a pink baseball for her first birthday, which may seem odd, but she’s obsessed with playing with the basketballs when we go to James’ games, so it was perfect for her.
Don’t mind me family, I’ll just keep on eating cake . . .
I don’t know what happened with James’ outfit- he started out the morning all set to wear a suit (his idea), but then changed into this striped shirt and plaid shorts combo. I usually don’t have mind or energy to try to argue and actually, always like to see what he’ll come up with.
Finally, after all that cake, it was time for a good old fashioned bubble bath!
I can say both baby and mama were pooped after that party!
I was thinking of also writing a post that shares all the specifics of how to plan a similar party because there were quite a lot of details that went into it from the decor to the food to the way the food was displayed, etc. and the timing of when to do all the tasks required to pull off a party like this. I used Evernote to keep track of all my lists as well as inspiration photos, recipes, etc., so I could also share how I did that if you’d want to know. Would you be interested in that?